GARRY LANGFORDThe Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to study pome and stone fruit rootstock production including tissue culture - USA, Canada, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany
I have been involved in the apple & pear industry in Australia for the past 25 years. I am a life member of the Apex Club of Huon and was a director of Huon Eldercare Inc for twelve years (1992-2004)
In June 2003 I was invited by Minister for Education in Tasmania to chair the Huon Valley Learning Reference Group. This group was established to develop a combined learning and education centre in Huonville following a federally funded pilot program. The project involved negotiations with Federal, State and Local governments along with business and community interests and resulted in the creation of the Huon LINC. The reference group became the Huon LINC Advisory Board in September 2005, which I chaired until September 2008. In May 2008 the Tasmanian Government allocated fifteen million dollars to create 5 more such LINC centres in rural areas in Tasmania.
I have been involved in sailing for most of my life and began my sailing career in an international cadet and have sailed in the Diamond, Dragon and Etchell classes, three Sydney to Hobart’s in the 80’s, and cruised extensively on the Australian east coast and also a six month cruise in the SW Pacific to NZ, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu. I had ten years as an IOR/AMS measurer (1984-94). A strong interest in establishing a pathway for Tasmanian sailing athletes resulted in the establishment, under my guidance, of a formal agreement with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport in 2008, which is ongoing.
Garry has been President of Yachting Tasmania for the past four and half years, retiring from the role in February 2013 and recently elected to the Board of Yachting Australia effective from the 19th of October 2013.
In 1994 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study apple rootstock production including tissue culture in the USA, Canada, England, Germany, Holland and France. I spent 3 months overseas.
During my Churchill Fellowship study I made contact with a significant number of people involved in nursery tree/rootstock production, research and apple breeding activities. In many instances I have maintained these contacts and this has kept me up to date with what is happening in the world and subsequently a significant global network of contacts.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
Since 1996 I have been working with Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL). APAL is the peak industry body for apples and pears representing growers in a number of areas including advocacy and research and development. Additionally APAL has a commercial division (Coregeo® Australia) which manages its PINK LADY® trade mark which is registered in more than 80 countries.
Initially involved in the creation and management of a company established by APAL to deliver a range of services to improve the quality of germplasm used to establish new orchards my role has expanded to other areas whilst still retaining management responsibility for this company.
In July 2004 I was appointed by APAL to coordinate its multi million-dollar investment in the creation of Prevar™ Ltd a multi national joint venture company based in New Zealand. Prevar™ Ltd is responsible for the global commercialisation of new apple and pear products from the Plant & Food Research breeding program. I was appointed to the Board of Prevar in January 2005.
In August 2008 I assumed a greater role in the global management and development of APAL’s PINK LADY® brand and in November 2010 became manager of Coregeo® Australia and am now responsible for global licencing and new market development for PINK LADY®.
I have been involved in a number of organisations and activities in and outside of the apple industry. In December 2004 I was appointed as the first non North American director of the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) this organisation is based in the USA. IFTA has been in existence for over 50 years and provides learning and educations opportunities to the world’s fruit growers.